Liberian vice president, Mr Joseph Boakai yesterday in his appreciation of the stabilising role Nigeria had and continue to play in ensuring peace in Africa that most of the banks as wellmas insurance firms in their country are owned by Nigerians.
Mr Boakai who spoke in Sokoto when he paid a courtesy call on the Sultan and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Sa’ad Abubakar 111admitted that, Nigeria was the first African country to come to their aid for peace restoration during the Liberian civil war.
According to Boakai, Nigeria’s role in ensuring peace, unity and stability in the African continent, especially during the Liberian civil war was a feat worthy of commendation. He added that, Nigeria showed their unreserved love for Liberia once against during the dreaded Ebola days.
”Since independence and when we came into hostilities, Nigeria was the first African country to come to our rescue.
”The sultan was part of this history and Nigeria had made ultimate sacrifice in restoring peace to our nation. ”During the Liberian civil war, the brave military men and women of Nigeria were the first to set their foot on the Liberian soil.
While divulging that most banks and insurance firms in Liberia were owned by Nigerians, the vice President added that very many Nigerians are in Liberia as lecturers and medical doctors.
On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar 111 insisted that until there is unhindered peace, no nation can develop. This according to him explains why Nigeria committed human and material resources towards restoring peace in Liberia during their dark days.
The Sultan who called on all African countries and leaders to ensure mutual understanding amidst them, charged them to not only see themselves as one big family but also work towards sustaining the family ties at all-time.